Each of us, at some point in life, embarks on a journey.
A quest for solace, for truth, for inner peace, for the
real meaning of it all. A pilgrimage to find one's soul.
Landmarks are hard to come by, and we can easily become
The labyrinth, a metaphor for one's life journey, can help
show the way. The very act of walking the labyrinth encourages
focus, assists in opening up the self, in creating a place
deep inside where new insights and awareness can germinate,
take root and grow. Each journey is unique.
Labyrinths are a potent symbol in many cultures, and have been
for thousands of years. When Theseus killed the Minotaur he
defeated the beast at the heart of darkness - and created a
myth that is still vibrant and evolving. Roman mosaics often
depicted labyrinths as fortified cities, while in medieval
Europe they symbolized the one true path to
A Labyrinth, unlike a maze, presents no choices as you walk towards
the center. Labyrinths have been found in civilizations around
the world and dating back thousands of years. As you walk and
see yourself move closer and then further from your goal,
think about your journey in life.
The path goes four-times one way and doubles back three-times.
Some have compared this to the retrograde orbit of the planet
Mercury across the night sky.
Each time you walk the labyrinth, you become more empowered to find
and do the work you feel yourself reaching for.
1) - Be careful about removing your shoes. Watch for fire ants.
2) - Walk in silence
3) - Walking the labyrinth can be a silent meditation of the asking
of a question and seeking guidance.
4) - Clear your mind and become aware of your breath.
5) - Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go.
6) - You may "pass" people or let others step around you.
7) - At the center, you stand or sit quietly for a time, and then
follow the same path out.
There are three stages to the walk:
The first stage, "Shedding" (until you reach the center) is purging...
a releasing, a letting go of the details of your life. It quiets the mind.
The second stage, "Illumination", is when you reach the center. Stay there
as long as you like. It is a place of meditation and centering.
The third stage is "Reclaiming", leaving the center and re-walking the path
in is the joining with your higher power or the healing forces at work in the universe.
Sophialinus The Drum Lioness